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O'brien Pocket History Of The Troubles (O'brien Pocket History Series)

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This concise history and analysis of the complex conflict that has plagued Northern Ireland for nearly 50 years traces the various attempts at peace and subsequent failures. From the start of serious unrest with the Divis Street riots of 1965 to the signing of the Good Friday agreement in 1998, each eruption of violence is examined and the place of the major political and ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published July 17th 2007 by O'Brien Press (first published March 25th 2004)
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Gijs Grob
This book is what it says on the tin: a short history of the troubles. Feeney tells some background, but not too much. He gives some depth to underlying processes, but not too much. He analyzes a little, but not too much. The book is therefore a perfect introduction to Northern Island troubled past, but for a deep understanding of the troubles, one should look elsewhere.

Nevertheless, the little book gave me quite a few insights: that the Northern Irish regime was de facto an apartheidsregime unt
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Liesje Leest
This book is a bit hard to rate...
At times the text was hard to follow and sometimes I felt like I was almost reading a list of events instead of a book. I also got a bit lost in all the different parties, especially since the book uses so many abbreviations. But at the same time, this is a short history on a very complicated conflict. The author did do a great job including a lot of information in a small book. I think the book was just a bit to short for what it was trying to tell. Because the
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Brian Feeney, a political columnist with the Irish News, is a leading nationalist commentator and frequent broadcaster on Northern Ireland affairs. He was an SDLP councillor for sixteen years. He is co-author of Lost Lives: the story of the men, women and children killed in the Northern Ireland troubles. In 2001 the book won the Christopher Ewart-Biggs award for its contribution to reconciliation ...more
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